This is a dainty little plant which grows all summer in open woods, and on heaths, where its masses of small yellow flowers look like gold stars among the tangle of green leaves and stems.
The flowers are small, with four pale yellow petals which lie wide open, and rising from amongst them there are yellow stamens with a bunch of green seed-vessels in the centre. Behind these yellow petals there is a green star-circle of sepals. Four of these sepals are long and green, and their tips can be seen in front between the yellow flower-petals.
There are also four much smaller green sepals which stand between each of the larger ones, so the calyx is really a beautiful green star with eight points.
Each flower has a stalk of its own, and each stalk rises from between a leaf and the stem. Sometimes they are deeply tinged with purple.
The green leaves of the Tormentil are soft and fine, with a few downy hairs on the front. They are divided into five fingers, and each of these fingers has its edges cut into large teeth all the way round.
Very often these edges turn quite yellow when the plant is just beginning to fade.
The Tormentil root is rather curious. It looks like a thick brown finger, but if you cut it, the inside is a delicate rose red.
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